It has been suggested by Claret & Hugh that Carlos Sanchez could be allowed to leave West Ham United during the January transfer window.
The Colombian midfielder’s contract comes to an end in the summer of 2020, as per Transfermarkt, but he could be allowed to depart before that time comes.
It is indicated in the report that West Ham could replace him by recalling Josh Cullen from Charlton Athletic, with the Republic of Ireland international also having his contract run out in the summer, so this could be seen as an opportunity for Manuel Pellegrini to distinguish whether he deems him to be worthy of keeping around.
Sanchez has not been a popular figure at the club recently, following the part he played in the Hammers’ 4-0 loss at the hands of Oxford United, while he also didn’t even make the bench on Saturday against AFC Bournemouth.
The 33-year-old has come on as a substitute three times in the Premier League this season, which has totalled just four minutes, as per WhoScored – he hasn’t made a single defensive contribution in that time.
He made 2 Premier League starts and 5 appearances off the bench last season, averaging 0.6 tackles, 0.1 interceptions and 0.7 clearances per game.
Cullen has been an important player for Charlton this season, making seven starts for the Addicks, helping them settle into life in the Championship.
Defensively, the 23-year-old has made 1.7 tackles, 0.4 interceptions, 1.3 clearances and 0.6 blocks per game, while he has also been able to make 0.7 key passes and 0.7 dribbles on average.
West Ham should definitely look to do this, as Sanchez hasn’t shown anything to indicate he can be an effective player for the Hammers, so it would be good to get him off the wage bill.
It would also be an encouraging sign if Cullen was given a chance, as it could save the club money on signing more midfield cover while giving him the opportunity to prove he deserves a new contract.
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